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AMPLIFICATION TOPOLOGY

First proposed in 1958, Class D amplifiers started gaining increased popularity and acceptance in the early 21st century, with this technology ruling since over a decade, overriding the demand for bulky & energy inefficient linear amps. In this article LT COL JASBIR SINGH KABERWAL, (Retd) SC hints at a futuristic emerging trend which may see a comeback of linear audio with advancements in technology offering sonic quality and advancement in size and energy efficiency to the next level... read more on Page 24

Top end LASERS missing from Rental Portfolios

India has been witness to some astonishing laser light extravaganzas at EDM events in the recent past, however a survey done by PALM technology indicates that as a general rule, lasers are missing in action and top quality brands are not afforded by event and rental companies. Though lasers are missing in action in show business, there is a huge opportunity and potential for renting lasers given that laser use is still in its nascent stage. Smita Rai reports on the ground reality... read more on Page 40

AUDIOVISUAL-PROJECTION INTEGRATION

In the last couple of years, jaw-dropping visual experiences at live entertainment events and venues, courtesy 3D projection mapping, motion graphics and augmented reality have made their presence felt in India. Tailor-made three-dimensional projection mappings have altered sound stages, building facades and architecture and even human figures in real time, creating interplay between real and virtual space with the help of cutting-edge technology. The PALM Conference and Seminar 2017 witnessed Technical Evangelist – VIJAY SABHLOK, touch upon the topic of Multi-Imaging using different technologies. Conference delegates got an opportunity to learn about the tools and techniques of creating Multi-Sensational Events and Installations, while also getting insight into new interactive technologies like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. PALM technology presents highlights of this session. The PALM Conference & Seminar session can be viewed on the PALM expo YouTube channel.... read more on Page 42

Bringing Life through Lights

Highly experienced lighting designer Roosevelt D’Souza is rarely restricted in his art. Best known for his work on Music Concerts and festivals, Roosevelt is actually a full service special event lighting professional, also specializing in designing & executing light effects for theatre production, brand launches, music concerts & festivals, fashion shows, film shoots, award ceremonies & ambience lighting. In this interview, he talks to PALM technology about his journey to becoming the “Master of Special Event Lighting.”.... read more on Page 66

AV Today’s Trend in Hospitality

As AV sets new standards beyond traditional applications, ICT-AV-Security-Consultant - Mr. A.R. Chandrashekhar, touches on the topic of the latest trends in AV installations for the Hospitality segment with LED screens, displays and interactive video now contributing to the overall interior design of the hotel... read more on Page 84

Playboy Delhi gets a taste of TW Audio

After a high magnitude success with its first superclub in Mumbai, the city of glamour, the Playboy club is now rocking the country’s capital, New Delhi. The city’s party animals got a major reason to rejoice with the opening.... read more on Page 88

Sumi Baptist Church integration scales heights

Painted in blue and white, the Sumi Baptist Church - Zuneheboto is situated in Nagaland, bordering onto China, and is 212km from Dimapur Airport. Situated on the highest point in...read more on Page 30

The Big Stage by AKhil Varma – Project Head, PALM Expo

More than 50% of India’s population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35. It is expected...read more on Page 84

Justin Bieber Sound Reinforcement

The Justin Bieber Concert motivated our editorial team to learn, how it is going to be done. The sheer capacity of deployment and state of the art delivery would mean the audio system engineering would have been ingenious and display of the classic Indian Jugaad, which in this instance would need to be disapproved. PALM technology met Warren D’Souza who presented with complete confidence planning, design, technique and expertise in setting up a world-class professional turnkey audio system. This issue being a LIVE Issue and stage sound being all about alignments and calibration, Warren’s role as a Systems Engineer, for the show has been highlighted. His acumen together with Co-Systems Engineer Sunil Karanjikar’s expertise has ensured smooth execution of the massive project. Somya Kedia reports.read more on Page 36

The TOP 10 EVENT COMPANIES

The Event Management industry has grown exponentially over the last decade with a host of varied events encompassing festivals, concerts, conference, corporate events and even marathons. This issue being the “Live” issue, we highlight the top 10 Event companies conceptualizing and executing the biggest live entertainment shows in the country. We have left out some of the bigger event companies whose focus is more into corporate or sports events and have highliighted only the ones organising the live entertainment and music events.read more on Page 50

The Fountainhead of superlative experiences

In a career spanning nearly 22 years, the quality of Neale’s wins have been exceptional. With the vision of building brands he creates delightful experiences with events. In an exclusive with PALM technology, Neale talks about his journey and work and truly believes that the core essence lies in valuing the right talent! Smita Rai and Somya Kedia report. read more on Page 60

Top 35 Rental Companies

PALM Technology has done a crucial exercise of surveying the market for identifying these top 35 audio/video/lighting rental companies who are investing into product and inventory and offering the latest technology thereby driving the market and rental business with sizable inventory. This is not an audited list and is intended as a guide. read more on Page 76

People at PALM

PALM 2017 engages expertise of eminent personalities who have accomplished knowledge in their field of activity. Their valuable involvement in PALM, act as a driving force towards PALM’s intellect and dynamism which leads Indian entertainment professional landscape to a higher paradigm. read more on Page 88

Articles

Top FOH Engineers in India

There are the mixing masters behind the audio console who strengthen the core essence of live performances. Showcasing aptitude to blend instruments with vocals and attain a flawlessly balance sound, Front of House engineers are effective and confident technical experts who know every inch of the gear. read more on Page 46...

Going Live with Sunil Karanjikar

Sunil Karanjikar has worn many a hats in his career as a Live Sound FOH engineer. He reveals his aces and talks about the secrets and tricks to his success, his journey, along with the key challenges he faces during the course. “Live sound does not have an ‘Undo’ Button” he shares in his insights with PALM Technology magazine.read more on Page 54...

Live Bands - Musical Escape

Commercial music in India has been mostly synonymous with film soundtracks. The fact however is that the music scene in India is constantly evolving and is only going to get bigger with more and more stage acts from independent music bands energizing the business, and by Indian music we also mean languages other than Hindi. In this feature we catch the action on stage from 10 Top live bands who have managed to post a huge-win. The bands have gained a lot of stage attention giving impetus to the entire business in India. read more on Page 64

GOING BIG WITH PLAYBOY

The Playboy Club founded by media baron Hugh Hefner, first opened its doors in the 1960s in downtown Chicago and instantly became successful as a read more on Page 22

DJs Scratching on Favourites

2017 is set to be another fun-filled action-packed year in clubland! Somya Kedia tracks the trend and highlights the toolkit of some of the top DJs in the country.read more on Page 32

Global Citizen Festival India

Looked up to as a beacon of hope, Global Citizen Festival India held in Mumbai on 19 November, 2016 proved to be a monumental day as India asserted its solidarity with the world in fighting extreme poverty. read more on Page 44

Electric Daisy Carnival debuts in India

Originating in Las Vegas Nevada, the Electric Daisy Carnival over the years has asserted itself as a hub for EDM fans across the globe, as a result of its fantastic on-stage music programming, enchanting stage designs, read more on Page 46

Product Specialists Driven by Passion

A professionally qualified sound engineer from SAE in Chennai, Tuhin is also a sought after DJ who has immense experience of playing at various clubs. A sharp understanding of the technical aspects behind sound production and immense knowledge of equipment, gained him the position of a product specialist for Pioneer DJ India and his areas of expertise lies in club equipment, samplers and remix stations. read more on Page 48

“Indian DJs are tech savvy” - Reji, Director, PALM DJ Championship

Growing DJ Industry

DJ industry is expanding exponentially and the growth rate has been phenomenal. Talking about the industry expansion, Reji observes that as the industry continues to evolve, the demands for technology, equipments, expertise and specific services have also witnessed a

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I-Kandy gets K-Rigged

I-Kandy nightclub at Le Meridian hotel in Gurgaon was recently in need of an upgrade for its indoor sound system. Located at the Sector 26, Le Meridian Gurgaon, I-Kandy oozes sophistication. The luxurious pool club and European styled designed lounge boasts 2 bars across a sparkling 85 feet swimming pool...

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Sound Design for Night Clubs and RestoBars

The focus of Milind’s presentation was ‘Sound Design for Nightclubs and Restobars: A field view’, wherein he spoke about the technicalities of sound engineering to formulate a great night club or a restaurant bar. Milind who is an Electronics Engineer from the CCSRR-Mumbai University, has invested years into sound engineering, setting up different clubs and bars. He has to his credit venues such as Triology - Mumbai, F Bar Mumbai & Chennai, Privy @ Le Meridian Delhi, Club Nyex, Goa, The Good Wife – Mumbai and many more...

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AG Acoustics strikes the right chord with KV2 Audio’s ES Series

Conveniently located in the Outer Circle, near KG Marg, New Delhi is a new café in town - FLYP@MTV. Viacom18 Consumer Products - the consumer products arm of Viacom18 has extended Viacom’s flagship property “MTV”, to an on-ground experience by introducing this unique ‘MTV-style’ hangout in association with Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.

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Installation Speakers

Installation Speakers for large and multi setting


Martin Audio CDD Series


This series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to venues that demand the ultimate in cutting-edge technology and style. Whether it is a live music clubs, music bars, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, museums and AV spaces, convention centres, hotels, retail outlets, leisure centres, houses of worship the CDD Series has it covered. CDD has been conceived as a one stop solution; six two-way full-range coaxial systems from the micro CDD5 to the powerful CDD15, complemented by high-performance subwoofers that cover the majority of installs.

The CDD Series has the audience covered too. Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with fixed dispersion X° x Y° horns — projecting more output to the rear of the audience to distribute sound evenly from front-to-back, while having wide horizontal coverage close-up. This increased coverage area can reduce the speaker count in larger installations.

Main Features include:

• Versatile, passive, two-way systems
• Coaxial ‘point-source’ performance
• Differential Dispersion technology
• for consistent coverage
• Elegant UPM Formi composite enclosures (except CDD5)
• User-rotatable coaxial drive units
• Vertical and horizontal mounting options
• Screw-free perforated steel grilles
• 8Ω nominal impedance
• Discreet mounting accessories
• Integral inserts for eyebolt suspension of CDD10, CDD12 and CDD15

Klipsch KI Series II

The KI Series II permanent installation speakers address the specific needs and performance standards of the sound reinforcement industry with rock-solid reliability. The KI-102-II, KI-172-II, KI-262-II and KI-272-II speaker models specifically now have updated high-quality, heavy-duty drivers and larger voice coils for increased power handling and higher sensitivity.

All KI models use Klipsch’s proprietary Tractrix Horn technology, which provides unrivalled low-distortion clarity and detail while long-throw woofers produce powerful low frequency response. Because of Klipsch’s expertise in efficient speaker design, the KI Series II permanent installation speakers are able to provide maximum output with minimum wattage.

The addition of ellipses or “Mumps” moulded into calculated areas of the Tractrix Horn on the KI-102-II, KI-102-T-II, KI-172-II, KI-362-II and KI-396-II models further enhance coverage across the dispersion area of the horn.

Ideal for virtually all permanent sound reinforcement installations and production environments including theatres, houses of worship, school auditoriums, restaurants and nightclubs, the KI Series II permanent installation speakers deliver unrivalled performance and value.

Main Features include:

• Delivers a high continuous SPL
• Available in three finishes – black, white and a stainable raw
• Updated high-quality, heavy-duty drivers and larger voice coils for increased power handling and higher sensitivity.
• KI-102-II comes with a heavy-duty 60W transformer
• Provide maximum output with minimum wattage

Mackie iP series passive speakers

Mackie iP series passive loudspeakers specially designed for installs seeking rich, articulate full-bandwidth response in a sleek compact design. The series includes three full-range models (10”, 12” and 15”) and a companion 18” subwoofer. The fullrange iP-10, iP-12 and iP-15 feature 8 x M10 rigging points and a rotatable 90 x50 horn to support both vertical and horizontal rigging. A rotatable center logo allows for clean presentation in all configurations.

Sonically, premium components include high-output, custom-designed woofers with large voice coils to handle more power for maximum output and premium 1.4″ titanium diaphragm compression drivers for smooth, consistent high-frequency response. Plus, convenient features like a choice of either Neutrik or terminal connections can simplify install, saving time and cost. A selection of mounting accessories delivers additional placement flexibility. Available are both a ceiling and wall-mount bracket to meet the needs of nearly any install application. The optional SP260 2 × 6 Speaker Processor feature pre-sets specifically for iP loudspeaker for quick setup and flawless sonic performance.

An affordable install solution, Mackie iP Series loudspeakers meet the needs of a wide range of install applications including Houses-of-Worship, theatres, auditoriums, casinos, clubs and karaoke rooms.

Main Features include:

• Designed to meet the demands of an installed PA
• Top cabinets available in 10″, 12″, 15″ for the perfect system
• Rigging points built in for easy install
• Rotatable horns make light work of coverage complications
• 18″ subwoofer makes 2- and 3-way system configuration possible
• Comes with large voice coils
• Handle more power for maximum output and premium 1.4” titanium diaphragm
• Compression drivers for smooth, consistent high-frequency response
• Convenient features like a choice of either Neutrik or terminal connections can simplify an install, saving time and cost.

Harman HST Wide-Coverage speakers

The patent-pending design includes a wall-facing woofer, two horizontally splayed tweeters, a wall bracket that spaces the speaker the required distance from the wall, and a tapered cabinet that provides proper loading and dispersion of the sound. With most on-wall (surface-mount) speakers, the baffle of the speaker is some distance from the wall. It is the nature of low and low-mid frequency sound waves to wrap around the speaker, where they reflect back out from the wall, recombining with the original sound. When this occurs, some frequencies add coherently to the original sound and other frequencies cancel, causing peaks and dips in the resulting frequency response and inconsistencies from location to location within the listening space. By substantially reducing this occurrence, Control HST is able to provide a flatter resulting frequency response along with a more consistent sound character throughout the room. The JBL Control HST is ideal for a wide variety of applications including retail stores, restaurants, educational facilities, leisure venues, hotels and other music and music/paging uses. The Control HST is IP34 water-resistant rated, enabling its use as an outdoor loudspeaker.

Main features include:

• Frequency Range (-10 dB) 50 Hz – 20 kHz
• Frequency Response (±3 dB) 68 Hz – 18 kHz
• Coverage Pattern 180° H x 160° V (1 kHz – 2 kHz, nominal)
• 160° H x 150° V (ave, 1 kHz – 16 kHz)
• Directivity Factor (Q) 5.4 (1 k – 16 kHz)
• Directivity Index (DI) 7.2 dB (1 k – 16 kHz)
• Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m) 88 dB (Ave. 80 Hz – 20 kHz)
• Maximum SPL Direct 8Ω: 108 dB (peaks of 114 dB)
• 60 W Tap: 97 dB @ 60W
• Crossover Network - 1.6 kHz, 3rd order (18 dB/oct) high-pass to HF, 2nd order low-pass to LF
• Nominal Impedance - 8 ohms
• Transformer Taps - 70V: 60W, 30W, 15W, 7.5W
• 100V: 60W, 30W, 15W
• Low Frequency Driver - CMMD ceramic metal matrix diaphragm cone, 25 mm (1 in) voice coil.
• High Frequency Drivers - Two splayed tweeters with CMMD-treated aluminium diaphragms, polyurethane surround polyimide bobbin, neodymium magnet, and fluid-cooling.
• Four M6 points for included U-bracket with additional M6 insert point provided for adding secondary safety attachment cable. U-bracket must be utilized.
• Aluminum grille, painted to match cabinet color.
• Input Connection - Removable locking euro-block 4-pin connector with screw-down terminals for bare wire. Two pins for input and two pins for parallel loop-thru. Max. wire 12 AWG (2.5 mm2).
• Net Weight - 3.6 kgs (8.0 lb), 4.3 kgs (9.5 lb) with U-bracket

QSC The Acoustic Performance series

Last year QSC added two new models AP-4122m and AP-212sw to the popular Acoustic Performance loudspeaker series. Consisting of a multipurpose 12” coaxial loudspeaker and a dual 12” subwoofer, these additions expand the Acoustic Performance series with high versatility and performance in mind. The new AP-4122m is a 12-inch two-way coaxial system with 40 and 60 degree wedge angles, top hand hold, pole cup, and M10 fittings for flown or yoked applications. The coaxial design delivers true source point performance with 90 degrees of conical DMT coverage. DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) matches the HF to the natural conical performance of the woofer at the crossover point. This innovation provides a smooth power response both on and off axis, resulting in better sound within real rooms. AP-212sw is a dual 12-inch direct radiating subwoofer specifically designed to complement the full range Acoustic Performance models. The AP-212sw features four hand holds, an optional caster kit for ease of transport, two M20 pole mount plates (top/side), and a unique input plate having two NL4 connectors in a crossed configuration. This input plate feature allows a single NL4 cable to power both sub and top without the need for a custom turn cable. The highly versatile AP-212sw matches the width of the popular AP-5122m and new AP-4122m allowing for elegant stacked or pole mounted solutions. When deployed horizontally, the AP-212sw is just 15 inches tall, making it ideal for under riser deployments.

This series delivers QSC loudspeaker design philosophies to installations requiring high SPL and full bandwidth performance. These highly versatile installation loudspeakers maintain their remarkable sonic signature even at high output levels. Acoustic Performance is perfectly suited for houses of worship, dance clubs, themed entertainment, or other high SPL demanding installations.

Main Features include:

• DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) in 2-way models ensures smooth, coherent power response across the listening plane
• 3” diaphragm compression driver (1.75” on AP-4122m) delivers a clean and powerful high frequency response
• Bi-amp / passive switchable (passive only on AP-4122m), except AP-212sw subwoofer
• 16-gauge powder coated steel grilles
• NL4 Speakon connector (two on AP-4122m and AP-212sw) and covered barrier strip terminals (except AP-4122m and AP-212sw)
• Constructed from 15-ply Baltic birch plywood (15 mm Baltic birch plywood on AP-4122m and AP-212sw)
• Clean industrial design with unadorned grilles complement most decors and settings
• Two M20 pole attachment points on AP-212sw

L acoustics X 12


Last year L acoustics has launched the X Series three new models X8, X12 and X15 out of which X12 is an install speaker which can be used in multiple applications in rental and installation. The X12 features a 3’’ diaphragm compression driver coaxially loaded by a 12’’ low frequency transducer in a bass-reflex enclosure with laminar vents. The internal passive crossover network uses custom filters. The X12 can be flown or mounted for multi-channel, distributed or fill applications but is powerful and rugged enough to be deployed as a stage monitor. Its ellipsoid directivity of 90° x 60° gives optimal coverage for a multitude of situations, and the compact footprint allows it to be discreetly integrated into any architecture or scenery, preserving sightlines for the audience. The X12’s passive design gives it maximum efficiency, reducing the need for amplified controllers.

The X12 is easy to rig or mount in any situation. Integrated risers allow for a 35° or 55° angle on stage, and a wide range of rigging accessories offers infinite install possibilities. No matter what sound job is required, the X12 is a valuable, versatile tool in the sound engineer’s toolbox.

The X12 can be pole-mounted using the integrated socket or flown and tilted in various orientations using its rigging accessories. The amplified controllers L-Drive parameters ensure the linearization and protection of the transducers.

Main Features include:

• Ellipsoid directivity of 90° x 60° for FOH
• Shape, size and RAL color for easy integration
• Low weight and ergonomics for handling
• Complete range of rigging accessories
• Passive design, optimized amplified controller quantum
• 20 kgs / 55 lbs,


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